Friday, February 19, 2010

Why The Netherlands is Not Fit to be Part of Europe

by Mark Steyn


The absurd trial of Geert Wilders

At a certain level, the trial of Geert Wilders for the crime of “group insult” of Islam is déjà vu all over again. For as the spokesperson for the Openbaar Ministerie put it, “It is irrelevant whether Wilders’s witnesses might prove Wilders’s observations to be correct. What’s relevant is that his observations are illegal.”

Ah, yes, in the Netherlands, as in Canada, the truth is no defence. My Dutch is a little rusty but I believe the “Openbaar Ministerie” translates in English to the Ministry for Openly Barring People. Whoops, my mistake. It’s the prosecution service of the Dutch Ministry of Justice. But it shares with Canada’s “human rights” commissions an institutional contempt for the truth.

As for “Wilders’s witnesses,” he submitted a list of 18, and the Amsterdam court rejected no fewer than 15 of them. As with Commissar MacNaughton and her troika of pseudo-judges presiding over the Maclean’s trial in British Columbia, it’s easier to make the rules up as you go along.

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9 Opinion(s):

FishEagle said...

I can appreciate the look on GW's face.

Anonymous said...


FishEagle said...

Hey, WTF????? Since when has it been illegal to make OBSERVATIONS? Is that actually what the guy said??


FishEagle said...

"But today’s establishment is obliged to pay at least lip service to popular sovereignty. So it has to behave more artfully. You’ll still have your vote; it’s just that the guy you wanted to give it to is on trial, and his platform’s been criminalized."

Come on Europe! Where is your passion for democracy now?

Anonymous said...

“It is irrelevant whether Wilders’s witnesses might prove Wilders’s observations to be correct. What’s relevant is that his observations are illegal.”

What this means is that in the new world speaking the the truth is illegal.

God help us all...

MAGNA EST VERITAS, ET PREVALEBIT - "Truth is mighty, and it shall prevail."

"The truth must be repeated over and over again, because error is repeatedly preached among us, not only by individuals, but by the masses." -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of the siren, till she transforms us into beasts. "—Patrick Henry

"For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it."—Patrick Henry

"Rather than love, than money, than fame, give me truth."—Henry David Thoreau

"When any government, or any church for that matter, undertakes to say to its subjects, 'This you may not read, this you must not see, this you are forbidden to know,' the end result is tyranny and oppression, no matter how holy the motives. Mighty little force is needed to control a man whose mind has been hoodwinked; contrariwise, no amount of force can control a free man, a man whose mind is free. No, not the rack, not fission bombs, not anything--you can't conquer a free man; the most you can do is kill him." --Robert A. Heinlein, If This Goes On, 1940


Anonymous said...

This court would have done the Nazi's proud.

This kind of obscenity has to be defeated.


Anonymous said...

Black anonymous

Hie. Like I said about UK a few days ago DO NOT, WILL NOT, NEVER WILL FEEL SORRY FOR EUROPE when it goes the way of the third world. They are doing it Voluntariy. Muhammed would be amazed and practically jobless (no dutch infidel politicians in gov to behead, except for wilders) as they are all in it. When will some people realise that you cannot be nice to everyone. Some cultures (islam), see consideration, empathy, etiquette and polity as a WEAKNESS. yet the Euros still dont want to learn (Ostrich soup anyone?).

Remember the story of Casandra (warned pple of impending doom, but none listened), or the story of taking a donkey to water, but you cannot make it drink.

Liberalism has mutated into something pathetic, yet fascistic. These guys are so weak if their wives were being raped right in front of them, they would be asking the terrorist not to thrust too deep, or too hard, instead of fighting them off.

FishEagle said...

@Black anon, you made a very graphic point. I agree.

Max said...

Hey judge I'm going to shoot you through the fricking head in front of the court. But you can not use them as witnesses although their testimonies may be correct they are illegal, and because there are no witnesses I am innocent.

"Political correctness is communist propaganda writ small. In my study of communist societies, I came to the conclusion that the purpose of communist propaganda was not to persuade or convince, nor to inform, but to HUMILIATE; and therefore, the less it corresponded to reality the better. When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control. I think if you examine political correctness, it has the same effect and is intended to."